Connect with us

Sports

5 Ways A Batter’s Eye Can Improve Safety and Performance

Published

on

Are you a baseball player looking to maximize safety and performance in the batter’s box? You may have heard of vision-based training methods as one way to do this. But what, exactly, is a batter’s eye, and how can it improve safety and performance? In this article, we’ll explore five ways that taking the time to train your eyes in the batter’s box can directly influence your overall game-day success. 

We’ll look at why developing an enhanced visual system matters for pitchers, catchers, hitters, and more, as well as specific techniques you can implement today to understand better how you focus on pitches from different angles. Improved accuracy and design based on psychological principles – such as reaction times – make them quicker and safer for batters. 

We’ll go over everything so you can know more about using a “batter’s eye” system to help you prepare for the game tomorrow!

Introducing the Batter’s Eye and Its Benefits

The Batter’s Eye is an often overlooked but essential aspect of baseball stadiums, designed to ensure that batters can see the incoming ball. This feature is typically a dark, uncluttered area of the stadium directly behind the pitcher, located in the batter’s line of sight. 

By providing a consistent background, the Batter’s Eye eliminates distractions and potential safety hazards that could impact a player’s performance or result in injuries. In addition, Batter’s Eye benefits baseball enthusiasts and viewers alike by fostering increased competition and exciting gameplay.

Ultimately, the Batter’s Eye embodies the perfect blend of safety, performance enhancement, and exhilaration that makes baseball America’s favorite pastime.

How a Batter’s Eye Enhances Performance

The Batter’s Eye is crucial in enhancing a baseball player’s performance, primarily by providing a backdrop that helps them see the ball more clearly against contrasting colors. This well-designed, often vast, dark surface is strategically placed directly behind the pitcher to ensure the ball remains visible, even when traveling at incredible speeds. 

As timing and focus are essential aspects of a batter’s success, the Batter’s Eye significantly increases their hand-eye coordination and reaction time. Consequently, the seemingly simple concept of the Batter’s Eye is a vital aspect of a player’s overall ability to make contact with the ball and effectively read the pitch, making it an indispensable asset for today’s elite baseball athletes.

Key Features of a Batter’s Eye

The top features of a batter’s eye include a variety of paint colors, contrasting fields of view, height, lighting controls, outlines, parallax control lines, sky backgrounds, and fencing. For maximum effectiveness in identifying pitches during batting, the design for a batter’s eye must strike the right balance between color harmony and contrast. 

The right design can help players improve their pickoff attempts while protecting players from the pitcher’s blind spots with perforated aluminum or mesh fences. With all these features combined under proper construction standards, batters will be able to read pitches more quickly and effectively compared to having no protection from sun glare like that seen on backfields and popular recreational spaces.

How to Choose the Best Batter’s Eye for Your Needs

Choosing the best batter’s eye for your needs is an important decision. You want something that enhances safety and improves performance. There are five things to consider: how easy it is to install and adjust, its size and height to fit your field layout, its durability in various weather conditions if players can use it for multiple sports or training drills, and lastly, its overall design. 

Once you decide on the essential criteria, you can narrow your selection. Researching customer reviews on various products can also help you ensure that you’re making a quality purchase. Selecting a batter’s eye that meets your criteria will provide players with an essential tool that offers safety during play while enhancing their abilities.

Tips for Installing and Maintaining Your Batter’s Eye

When installing and maintaining your batter’s eye, there are a few critical pointers to remember. First and foremost, the optimal location for a batter’s eye is directly behind the center field fence, ensuring the players maintain clear visibility during the game. 

Selecting a contrasting color, such as dark green or black, can help create a stark contrast between the eye and its surroundings. Maintaining the integrity of the batter’s eye requires routine checks should be in place as they will enable you to address any damage or wear and tear promptly. Moreover, regular cleaning will remove dust and dirt and help maintain the batter’s eye color and appeal. 

Following these valuable tips will enhance the visual aspect of your baseball field and contribute to an enjoyable and fair game experience for all participating players.

Finishing Touches and Safety Checks for Your New Batter’s Eye

As you prepare to unveil your brand-new batter’s eye, conducting a thorough inspection is essential to ensure both visual appeal and safety. First and foremost, double-check that the structure’s dimensions and color conform to league standards, enabling batters to focus better on incoming pitches. Carefully assess the materials used for durability and longevity, and confirm they’re installed accurately to withstand various weather conditions. 

It’s also vital to confirm that the supporting structures are sturdy and properly secured to prevent potential hazards. Additionally, consider incorporating safety padding around the batter’s eye to minimize the risk of injury during play. 

By meticulously examining and addressing each of these aspects, you can ensure that your impressive new batter’s eye contributes to an enhanced game experience and maintains the safety standards vital for all those involved in the sport.

Installing a batter’s eye and ensuring proper maintenance is essential to baseball safety and performance. Whether installing it at a sports field or in your backyard, consider all the components listed in this blog post, such as the size, weight, installation angle, and chosen material. 

With a proper install, the batter’s eye will effectively improve visibility while allowing athletes to take their performance to the next level. Furthermore, it will protect them from any potential danger from improper lighting conditions. Investing in a batter’s eye is committing to achieving success on and off the field.



Events

Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Tales From Hollywood With Gary Springer Part 2

Published

on

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is  filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. This is part 2. You can watch part 1 here.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Gary Springer about his son Nick who got Spinal meningitis at 14, went on to be a Paralympian and who died in 2021. We also talk about “Beyond The Raging Sea”, the gripping account of two athletes who embarked on the World’s Toughest Row- 3000 miles across the Atlantic- takes a harrowing turn, mirroring the ordeal of refugees crossing dangerous sea.
We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling, Gary Springer

Rommel Gopez and the Hotel Edison have also added billboards that are in front of the lobby to let guests know what is happening.

I am so grateful to my guest Gary Springer.

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

Spotify:

Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

Continue Reading

Events

Team USA Launches Epic Journey to Paris in Big Apple

Published

on

It was a profound moment in sports.

In April, 100 athletes from all over the U.S. gathered for an epic  three-day media event with the goal of shining a light on the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States at 100 days out from Paris 2024.

“We want to win the medal count,” USOPC  Rocky Harris stated.

So many great moments were witnessed including the packed gymnastics panel moderated by Hoda Kotb with Evita Griskenas, Kayla DiCello, Suni Lee, Yul Moldauer,  and Brody Malone.

The evolution of the Paralympic Movement Panel showcased  Beatrice Lavette (Para Equestrian), Calahan Young (Goalball), Jamal Hill (Para Swimming), Steve Serio (Wheelchair Basketball), Ezra Frech (Para T&F), and Justin Phongsavanh (Para T&F).

An incredibly moving Mental Health Panel had the crowd listening to Jess Bartley (USOPC), Perry Baker (Rugby), Nicky Nieves (Sitting Volleyball), Jaleen Roberts (Para T&F), Nevin Harrison (Canoe),  and Ilona Maher (Rugby).

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland said Monday.

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland was quoted stating.

The 2024 Summer Games are now less than just 100 days away. Paris is prepping to host its first Olympics in 100 years with venues being built at some of the city’s most famous sites.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.

For more information on Team USA, please visit HERE.

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Sports

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and LA28 Announce New Guild Initiative

Published

on

By

 Guild, the leader in opportunity creation for America’s workforce, today announced a historic partnership with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild will serve as an Official Education, Skilling & Career Mobility Provider of Team USA and LA28, providing a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Team USA athletes to receive education and career development opportunities with personalized one-on-one coaching to support athletes in building competitive careers alongside their athletic achievements.

With athletes dedicating so much of their time to training and traveling for competitions, they often have to put their athletic ambitions ahead of education and career development. At the point when an athlete transitions from their elite athletic career, it’s common that they find themselves out of pace with their non-athlete peers professionally, and needing to come up to speed to compete on a whole new playing field. Guild’s partnership delivers a more seamless transition from competition to long-term education and career planning, and Guild’s tailored approach ensures Team USA athletes are set up for long-term success.

Team USA athletes who have met defined eligibility requirements as members of Team USA in the last 10 years can use Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform™ to access a learning marketplace of flexible, tuition-free education and skilling programs. And, just as they rely on the guidance of their coaches and support systems in their athletic training, athletes will have access to personalized one-on-one coaching to support them across their entire education and career journey. Purdue Global is the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network, and eCornell is the preferred provider of professional education.

“Guild’s vision for a future of work that works for everyone aligns with LA28’s commitment to supporting the whole athlete, from their performance to their total well-being,” said Janet Evans, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer. “As we prepare for the LA28 Games, we’re thrilled to partner with Guild to provide tools and opportunities to positively impact Team USA athletes.”

“As an athlete, I’ve dedicated the majority of my life to reach this moment in my career and my education has remained a key pillar and priority throughout my training,” said Daniella Ramirez, Paris-bound Team USA Artistic Swimmer. “It’s incredible that through this program, Guild will make opportunities available to current and future Team USA athletes who are also driven by their educational pursuits and might otherwise have to sacrifice one or the other.”

“Guild, the USOPC, and LA28 share a fundamental belief that career pathways and access to education are key to the holistic development of athletes. We are proud to be a partner in offering Team USA Athletes something they truly deserve — access to tuition-free education and career support opportunities,” said Bijal Shah, Guild’s CEO. “At Guild, we recognize that talent is everywhere — but opportunity is not. We must afford talent the opportunity to rise, and no one understands that better than Team USA. We’re excited to be by their side to help them achieve their career goals.”

Guild’s differentiated solution meets the various needs of the diverse Team USA athlete community. The variety of offerings in its learning marketplace include programs like Purdue Global’s Bachelor’s in Health Information Management or Organizational Management and Master’s in Management and Leadership. With these programs, athletes can advance the skills they developed in sports and further their career opportunities through programs that build upon credentials to go further faster.

“The USOPC and LA28 are committed to advocating for Team USA athletes – as they prepare to represent the United States on the global stage, and in transition to careers after retiring from competition.” said Carrie White, USOPC Vice President of Athlete Development and Engagement. “As part of that commitment, we recognize the responsibility of providing the Team USA athlete community access to education that meets their ambition and supports them well beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild has a proven record of driving outcomes and long-term success for those it serves and the initial reaction from Team USA athletes to this education and career development opportunity has been incredibly positive. We are excited to share it with the entire athlete community.”

Purdue Global is proud to join Guild as the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network.

“Purdue Global welcomes Team USA athletes to move forward in their career by earning a degree they can be proud of from our catalog of offerings,” said Frank Dooley, Chancellor at Purdue Global. “Our team is uniquely qualified to assist Team USA at all stages of their athletic and professional careers.”

eCornell is supporting Guild’s partnership as the preferred provider of professional education of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network. With over 200 certificate programs — all designed to address today’s most in-demand skills, athletes can choose a program that fits their interests to advance their careers. Additionally, all certificate programs are developed by Cornell’s renowned faculty and can be completed online, on the athletes’ schedules.

“eCornell is honored to be a part of Team USA athletes’ professional growth and development outside of their field of competition,” said Paul Krause, Executive Director of eCornell. “Our short-form certificate programs are designed to build skills in real time, applying to where the athletes are today and stacking to support their goals tomorrow.”

You can learn more about Guild’s partnership with Team USA here and see how it will come to life over the next four years here.

Continue Reading

Events

Team USA Olympic & Paralympic Athletes Light Up the Empire State Building for 100-Day Countdown

Published

on

Red, white and blue came together in the most thrilling way on April 17 when the Empire State Building hosted a lighting ceremony with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians including Evita Griskenas, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Jessica Long, Nick Mayhugh, Blake Haxton, Daniela Moroz, Hans Henken, Cheryl Reeve, and Matthew Stutzman.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Evita Griskenas attends as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

The Empire State Building hosted a lighting ceremony with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians including Evita Griskenas, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Jessica Long, Nick Mayhugh, Blake Haxton, Daniela Moroz, Hans Henken, Cheryl Reeve, and Matthew Stutzman who flipped the famous light switch.

Tonight the grand landmark will shine in America’s colors and will sparkle to celebrate the 100-Day countdown to the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Paris.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Matthew Stutzman attends as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

After the ceremony, the athletes toured the Observatory Experience – which was recently named the #1 attraction in the U.S. in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” for the second consecutive year – and posed for photos on the building’s 86th floor and 102nd floor Observatories.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: (L-R) Hans Henken, Matthew Stutzman, Daniela Moroz, Evita Griskenas, Jessica Long, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Gene Sykes, Blake Haxton, Nick Mayhugh, and Cheryl Reeve attend as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

Founded in 1894, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.com.

 

 

Continue Reading

Fashion

Through the Ages: Why Vintage Sports Fashion Still Shines

Published

on

By

No matter how many trends come and go daily in the world of sports fashion, vintage sports apparel seems to remain a constant among sports enthusiasts and vintage sports fashion lovers. Because there’s a certain charm in vintage apparel that no one can get over them. Be it the cultural significance of these sports apparel or just their style, they just simply look charming and classic. That’s why everybody loves to don those charming vintage sports sweatshirts and retro tees. No matter how many new and stylish trends may have come into the world of fashion; even modern fashion lovers just can’t help resist those charming and classic vintage sports apparel. 

So, in this article, just to give you an idea about the iconicness of vintage sports fashion, we’re going to discuss why vintage sports fashion still shines and stands out among many stylish and designer sports clothes options. So let’s dive in.

Reasons Why Vintage Sports Fashion Still Shines

SOURCE: Freepik

  • Nostalgia in Every Stitch

One of the biggest reasons why vintage sports fashion still shines today even after decades is because of the nostalgia attached to this sports apparel. From all those groundbreaking victories to the memorable matches of those golden vintage days, vintage sportswear like Ohio state clothing has seen it all happen. These vintage sports clothes hold all the memories and significant historical changes weaved in their threads which makes them all the first pick for all sports lovers. Everybody not only loves to wear vintage sportswear because of the memories they hold but also because of the cultural and historical changes that this sportswear has witnessed.

  • Timeless Aesthetics and Iconic Logos

The aesthetics of vintage sports apparel speak for itself. These clothes just don’t make you look fashionable but also give you and your outfits a whole different vibe. Not only that but the timeless look of this vintage sportswear also makes it easy for you to blend these sports styles with your trendy fashionable looks. Besides the timeless aesthetic of vintage sports apparel, what really makes them stand out is their iconic logos. These iconic logos are like the life of every vintage sports apparel. Not just that but vintage sports fashion lovers and sports enthusiasts also love to wear these iconic logos to pay homage to the athletic spirit and sensational sports styles of those golden old days.

  • Quality Craftsmanship and Durability

The quality of those vintage sports apparel is something you just can’t question about. Back in the day, these clothes were made to not just stay the test of time but also look and feel comfortable while playing. That’s why the craftsmanship and quality of these vintage sports apparel can’t be questioned about. Not only that but we all wear these vintage sports apparel even after decades and all of this sportswear looks and feels fabulous, that in itself is a huge example of how good the quality and craftsmanship of those good old vintage sportswear is.

  • Unique Limited Editions and Rarity

Another reason why vintage sports fashion still shines even after such a long time is because of its exclusivity. After all, we all love to have items and clothes that are rare because they just make us feel like we own some sort of luxury. So, when it comes to vintage sports apparel, they have a lot of fans and enthusiasts who are always trying to get their hands on these coveted pieces. Not only that but some of these vintage sportswear or sports sneakers were launched as limited editions even back in the day which again makes it difficult and expensive to get some of these pieces.

  • Celebrity Endorsements and Cultural Significance

One of the main reasons why vintage sports fashion is still so much loved is because of the celebrities that are associated with them. For instance, we all remember that iconic Bulls jersey of Michael Jordan. Even though it’s just a mere jersey; ever since Michael Jordan wore it on the field all of a sudden it also became his fan’s favorite. That’s the reason why that simple jersey is so much loved even today.

No matter how many trends come and go in the world of sports fashion, vintage sports apparel isn’t going anywhere. The fans of sports and fashion lovers will never let the charm of vintage sports apparel fade. Perhaps that’s the biggest reason why vintage sportswear still shines even today!



Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Times Square Chronicles

Times Square Chronicles